Musicological Society

Society of Musicology of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was established in June 1997. The society gathers experts in musical science to research musical past and present of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balkans and the world.

The Society of Musicology is the first of this kind in B&H. Its activities today are integral part of music life in B&H, especially in different aspects of research in musical science. The association gathers more than 64 members and it is seated at Music academy in Sarajevo.


Read moreThe society is a relevant factor in research activities of domestic musicology, as well as Croatian and Serbian musicology, which is clearly visible in certain aspects of mutual cooperation, joint projects, literature exchanges, participation in musicology meetings etc. The society activities are supported by domestic music and cultural public.

In 1997. in order to achieve aims and goals stated in constituting documents, Society of musicology FB&H and Sarajevo Music Academy started publishing magazine for music culture “Music”. In the period 1997. – 1999. the magazine has been published four times a year and since 2000. “Music” has been  published twice a year.

Society has initiated organisation of International symposium “Music in Society”. The first symposium was organised in 1998. and since then symposiums are held every two years. The last one was organised in November 08. – 11, 2012. Participants are musicologists and ethnomusicologists from B&H, region and various countries of the world. After each symposium society publishes Collection of symposium works.

Magazine “Music” and Collection of symposium works are well accepted by music public in B&H and other countries as well. Society sends its publications to all interested institutions amongst which the most important one is the world bibliography center for music in New York.

Our third project is publishing works about music in B&H. This is realised through intern competition of the Society. This segment of work is very significant because all books, works published in “Music” and Symposium collections are gradually forming a fond of literature about music in B&H.

The fourth significant segment of our work is the project Fundamental research for music in B&H 2010 (“Fundamentalna istrazivanja za muziku u BiH 2010″) (abbr: FIHM 2010). The aim of this project is to investigate musical resources in B&H from the earliest past until today. After analysis and classification of resources results will be processed and published. The implementation of this project gathers 30 distinguished editors and associates from all areas of music science.

The fifth project of the society is Lexicon of musicians in B&H. This project is related to FIHM 2010, and includes lexicographic data of all musicians in B&H, from pop, through folk to art music. This is also the first time for project of this kind to be realised in B&H.

The sixth important part of our activities is organisation of concerts to perform pieces of B&H authors. So far, the association organized following concerts:

  • 1998. dedication to B&H composer Nada Ludvig Pecar
  • 2000. chamber music pieces of B&H composers
  • Anthology of piano music in BiH (2002)
  • Concert of original folk music in BiH (2002)
  • Concert of competition pieces
  • Concert of ethno music in BiH (2004).

The last four concerts were organised with 3rd and 4th International symposium “Music in society”. All concerts have been CD recorded.

The following are also important activities of the Association:

  • Organisation of public discussions about different aspects of music status and development in B&H (Sarajevo: 1999, 2001, Zenica: 2003),
  • Organisation of symposiums and concerts in remembrance of distinguished musicians of B&H (Cvjetko Rihtman, 1999),
  • Participation of association members in musicology meetings and discussions in Republic of Srpska (Banja Luka 2000, 2001) and abroad (Zagreb 1999., Budapest 2000),
  • Organising meetings of musicology students from the countries of former Yugoslavia (2001, 2004).

The Society of Musicology FB&H is financially supported exclusively by donations from governmental and non-governmental institutions.